This advent we take as our spine, or thread, through the days leading up to Christmas a prayer, by Ruth Burgess. Each week readings are given audibly and visually by various contributors according to the prayer's themes of light, power, joy and laughter and finally of love. These will likely be short, many without further comment. We suggest you start your meditation with this prayer and end with it too. Listen through pressing the play button or by clicking a link where offered.
Light of God
Power of God
Joy of God
Laughter of God
Love of God
Ruth Burgess, Hay and Stardust
And all her journeyings was a caressing
Within her mind of secrets to be spoken.
The simple fact of birth soon overshadowed
The shadow of the angel.
The Visitation,Elizabeth Jennings
You who were darkness warmed my flesh
where out of darkness rose the seed...
I wither and you break from me;
yet though you dance in living light,
I am the earth, I am the root,
I am the stem that fed the fruit,
the link that joins you to the night.
Woman to child, Judith Wright
And this will be the longest task: to attend,
to open myself.
The Other, Ruth Fainlight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Could we but look more clearly and wisely
We might discover somewhere in the garden
A strange new flower and an unnamed star.
The World, Czeslaw Milosz
God of mystery, God of glory, we will laugh with you.
Candles and Conifers, Ruth Burgess
[Happiness] comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
It comes to the lover
Happiness, Jane Kenyon
I am born for the second time,
happiness of the world
came to me again.
My body effervesces.